''I Was Listening To Whoever Was Around Me''
6:00AM ET March 8th, 2013
Contributor : Chris G.
A Rocky Williform Company
Lil Kim recently shared a story involving her late 90s time with Sean "Diddy" Combs guiding her career. The Queen Bee spoke to MTV about an opportunity she had to appear on Sisqo's mega-hit "Thong Song" that the former-Puff Daddy's guidance cost her to miss.
"A long time ago, when I was with Puffy -- 'cause Puffy managed me, but he also was basically the label," she shared. "Puffy was my everything -- everybody know that. He did mostly everything for me. But a long time ago [record executive] Lyor [Cohen], and I love Lyor; he was always somebody I looked up to. [He] used to run Def Jam and he also came to my label Atlantic later on so that's how we got closer."
"But before, when [Lyor] was at Def Jam, he called me to be on the Sisqo 'Thong Song' and at that time I was trying to be a business woman, but I was a baby," Kim continued. "I didn't know what I was doing, so I was listening to whoever was around me that I looked up to. Puffy was giving me all the advice in the world."
"So I wanted Redman and Method Man to be on Cease's next single because he had done a record with them and I needed clearance for them and [Lyor] kept telling me 'no,'" she explained, revealing that it was Combs who told her to play hardball with Cohen. "I'm like, 'Cease needs this right now.' ... And he was like, 'But I want you to be on this single that I have with Sisqo coming out.' The 'Thong Song' wasn't out yet, and I was like, 'OK, I'll do it, [if you give me clearance' [for Cease's song]. He was like, 'No.'"